If you haven't experienced fall in Indiana, you are missing a spectacular sight as all of the leaves start changing color. One of the best spots to immerse yourself in fall foliage is right here in Hendricks County at McCloud Nature Park in North Salem, Indiana. It's no wonder, then, that Hendricks County Parks & Recreation holds an annual celebration of autumn at McCloud Nature Park called the Fall Colors Festival.
Located just southwest of North Salem, McCloud Nature Park has been one of my favorite spots in Hendricks County -- long before I started working for Hendricks County Parks & Recreation. Autumn is my favorite season of the year, and fall foliage is a big part of that, so I love how the trees at McCloud turn all sorts of different colors.
Visit Indiana regards McCloud Nature Park as one of the best fall foliage spots in the state, and Only In Your State included McCloud in its dreamy road trip to see the best fall foliage across the state. We're kind of a big deal in the fall.
The Fall Colors Festival celebrates that and more every year at McCloud Nature Park, and this year, it will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Our Park Naturalist, Sarah Wolf, and her staff have gone all-out to line up a day packed with all sorts of fun, family-friendly activities! Take a look:
- Atlatl-throwing (an atlatl is an ancient hunting weapon)
- Hay rides ($5/person, $15/family up to 5 people, cash only)
- Apple cider press
- Yard games
- Tree "cookie" painting
- A multitude of demonstrations throughout the day
- Mini yoga sessions
- Scavenger hunt
- Food vendors
- Much more!
Additionally, our free, monarch butterfly-themed Prairie Maze will be open for the whole family to explore during the festival. You can find maps to help guide you through the maze at the Nature Center and at the maze entrance. Navigating the huge monarch correctly will result in a hike of about a half-mile.
(Insider tip: Make sure the whole family is wearing closed-toe shoes that you don't mind getting dirty or muddy inside the maze. The stiff, dried tallgrass stalks don't feel real great when they meet unprotected toes in sandals or flip-flops.)
Make plans to bring the entire family out to the Fall Colors Festival at McCloud Nature Park and celebrate fall foliage with us!